Mineral based materials and mechanics
The focus of the research is particularly on developing new industrial solutions and innovations needed in the design, manufacturing and maintenance of civil-engineering applications relying on mineral-based materials. The target is in assuring the strength, durability and sustainability of solids and structures in the build environment. The focus area brings together a set of civil engineering practices and professions that deal with mineral-based construction materials or products and structures applying such materials. The disciplines involved not only affect our everyday life but also can make a significant scientific contribution in our society coping with increasing infrastructure defects and a more variable climate as well as facing the needs to reduce the use of nonrenewable raw materials.
The research of mineral-based materials and mechanics embraces the study of soils, aggregates, rock, concrete and other building materials so that the strength and durability of various civil engineering structures can be assessed and assured. The research comprises the development of various computational modelling and numerical methods for enhancing the use of pressure and time-dependent materials in the built environment. The group has experimental facilities for both on-site and laboratory investigations so that the simulations of engineered systems can be validated.
Current research projects are mainly funded by Academy of Finland as well as domestic and international R&I-sources, and carried out in collaboration with excellent partners. Topics of research projects are related to novel computational models and methods, the safety of nuclear facilities, use of soil and rock as the source of thermal energy, techniques for mineralogical characterization, durability of asphalt and concrete mixtures, and new composite materials to increase the tension capacity of mineral-based materials. The research group offers multidisciplinary expertise to support the use of soil and rock resources as a part of the built environment. The group actively supports transfer of competences to small-scale entrepreneurs and larger industry. The group consists of eight professors.